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Chargers Fall to Ravens in Primetime 

Game Recap W12

The Chargers are 4-7 after a 20-10 loss to the Ravens. 

Here is a game recap from Week 12:

First Quarter

Derwin James, Jr., Keenan Allen and Sebastian Joseph-Day were the Chargers captains. The Ravens won the toss and elected to defer as the Chargers began on offense. Justin Herbert made a big play early when he scrambled and found Gerald Everett for a 31-yard on third down. The Bolts drove into the red zone before they were hurt by poor officiating. Herbert scrambled and was hit late while out of bounds but no flag was thrown. The Bolts offensive line, fired up after the no call, sprinted over to voice their displeasure with the Ravens defense. Jamaree Salyer was called for a personal foul, the only flag thrown in the sequence, as the Bolts were moved back. The Chargers had to settle for a field goal after likely being close to a touchdown. Cameron Dicker's 39-yard kick gave the Bolts an early 3-0 lead. The Chargers defense then held firm on their first drive as they forced a Ravens punt near midfield. The Bolts couldn't generate much offensively on the ensuing drive, however, and punted it back to Baltimore. The Chargers led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

Baltimore marched down the field early in the second quarter and capped their drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to take the lead. The Chargers offense went three-and-out on the ensuing drive and punted it away. The Ravens then put together another lengthy drive but went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Chargers 27, only for the run to be stuffed by Kenneth Murray, Jr. and Alohi Gilman.

The Bolts took over there with just over 4 minutes to play in the half but turned the ball over as Keenan Allen fumbled on the Chargers second play of the drive. Baltimore turned the takeaway into points as Justin Tucker hit a 42-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the second quarter after a sack from Khalil Mack ended the drive. The Bolts moved near midfield but another fumble, this one by Austin Ekeler, gave the ball back to the Ravens at the Chargers 47 with 26 seconds left. Mack notched another sack as the Ravens eventually turned the ball over on downs. Herbert's Hail Mary on the final play of the half was intercepted as the Chargers trailed 10-3 at the break.

Third Quarter

The Ravens began with the ball and drove to the Chargers 30-yard line before they forced Lamar Jackson into a pair of incompletions. Baltimore added to their lead with a 48-yard field goal as the Bolts trailed 13-3 with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter. The Chargers offensive struggles continued as they went three-and-out on their next possession. But the Bolts defense kept making plays as they forced a Baltimore punt just past the midway point of the third quarter. The Chargers offense soon faced fourth-and-1 from their own 49 but Austin Ekeler powered ahead for a first down. The Bolts soon faced third-and-17 and pulled off some trickery to move the chains.

The Bolts kept churning after that play, picking up another first down through the air to get near the red zone as the third quarter came to a close.

Fourth Quarter

The Chargers converted on third-and-3 to keep the drive alive as the offense got down to the 12-yard line. But the unit soon faced third-and-14 from the 16 and Herbert fumbled while being hit as Baltimore recovered. The Chargers defense forced a three-and-out before Derius Davis ripped off a 23-yard return to give the Bolts the ball at their own 40. Herbert moved the Bolts into Baltimore territory with a 35-yard run that put the ball in the red zone. A pass to Ekeler moved the ball to the 5 before Everett powered his way into the end zone for a 3-yard score.

Baltimore put together a long drive but it ended without points as Tucker's 44-yard field goal sailed wide left. The Bolts took over on their own 34 with 2:57 remaining. Herbert moved the Chargers past midfield with a 17-yard gain to Alex Erickson. The Bolts faced third-and-6 from the Ravens 46 but Herbert was pressured and threw incomplete. Baltimore scored on a 37-yard touchdown run on third down on the ensuing possession as the Chargers fell behind 20-10. The Chargers didn't score on their final possession and dropped to 4-7 on the season.

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